Thursday, January 15, 2015

Library Exhibit Features Congressman William McCulloch's Career and Legislative Accomplishments

The career and legislative accomplishments of Congressman William M. McCulloch (R-Piqua), who represented Ohio’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives (1947-1973), are currently featured in a new library exhibit curated by Jeffrey Thomas, Archivist of the University Libraries’ Ohio Congressional Archives. The exhibit includes facsimile reproductions of papers, correspondence, photos and other items included in the Archives’ collection of McCulloch’s papers. An alumnus of the OSU College of Law (Class of 1925), McCulloch had a distinguished career as a lawyer, politician and member of Congress during a turbulent era. He is receiving renewed attention today for playing a pivotal role in ensuring passage of key civil rights legislation during the 1960’s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and later legislation to end housing discrimination. The exhibit highlights McCulloch’s legislative accomplishments, service on crime commissions and work on constitutional amendments, and includes awards as well as letters of commendation from Congressional leaders at the time of his retirement.

For further information on the William M. McCulloch Papers in the Ohio Congressional Archives, go to: http://library.osu.edu/find/collections/ohio-congressional-archives/william-m-mcculloch-papers/  A brief biography of McCulloch is also available here. As part of the College’s series of events recognizing the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, author Todd S. Purdum will be speaking in Saxbe Auditorium on Thursday, January 22nd at 12 noon, discussing McCulloch’s role and his book, An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.